Nandanik presents
Vilaya: The Confluence
Andrew Carnegie Library and Music Hall
April 13 & 14, 2018 Carnegie, PA

February 9, 2018

Nandanik Dance Troupe, a non-profit organization, will present the first ever Indian Dance Festival, VILAYA, in Pittsburgh in April 2018.
VILAYA: The Confluence
Rhythmic harmony in diversity
Venue: Andrew Carnegie Music Hall and Library, 300 Beechwood Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106

-April 13, 6:30pm:
Opening act by Mary Miller and Charles Hall, Pung cholom by Jagannath Lairenjam
Panel discussion (7:30-8:30pm)

-April 14, 6:30-9:30pm: Dance festival on main stage
Kalamandalam V.R.Venkitt (Kathakali)
Sanjib Bhattacharya (Manipuri)
Nandini Mandal (Bharatanatyam)
Sreyashi Dey (Odissi)
Harikishan S.Nair (Kuchipudi)
Sanjukta Banerjee (Mohiniattam)
Antara Datta (Kathak)

Dance exhibition open to general public on both days at the Lincoln Gallery adjacent to the hall.

The idea is to create more awareness about the art and culture of the local Indian community through dances, panel discussions, and exhibitions. The festival will feature different dance styles of Indian sub-continent through colorful costumes, ethnic music and traditional and contemporary themes.
This festival, a complete visual delight, will highlight the unity in diversity that exists in the cultural scenario in the Indian sub-continent as the dances will be presented in different languages and costumes hailing from different corners the sub-continent. These artists and dancers are well known in their field and by the high quality of their productions. The artists will arrive from Kolkata, India, Toronto, Canada, Cleveland, OH, Ann Arbor, MI, and Washington D.C. to participate in this unique festival along with artists from Pittsburgh. The festival will be open to audience encompassing all professions, ages and economic strata.

As an artist and artistic director of Nandanik Dance Troupe, Nandini Mandal received the LIFT GRANT from Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council for the upcoming Vilaya Festival.